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WTA Eastbourne: Wozniacki recovers from a set down, Bouchard retires from third round match



TENNIS – Caroline Wozniacki rallied from a set down to edge Svetlana Kuznetsova with 6-7(3) 6-3 6-1. Daria Gavrilova beat Sara Errani 6-1 5-7 6-2. Eugenie Bouchard pulled out from her third round match against Belinda Bencic Diego Sampaolo


Wozniacki, who won the Eastbourne in 2009, raced to a 5-1 lead but Kuznetsova recovered by reeling off five of the next six games to force a tie-break after saving a set point in the 12th game. Kuznetsova earned six break points in the tie-break and sealed her fourth opportunity with an ace for 7-3. Wozniacki fought back breaking serve in the third game for 2-1 to clinch the second set 6-3. In the third set Wozniacki broke at the start of the start of the third set and pulled away to a 5-1 lead but did not look back this time and clinched the win in the third set with 6-1. It was their 10th head-to-head match. Wozniacki leads 6-4

In the quarter finals Wozniacki will face Andrea Petkovic who beat Coco Wandeweghe 6-3 6-4

“I was 5-1 up in the first set, so when I was 5-1 up in the third set I was thinking to myself that I really couldn’t repeat what happened earlier. I served bette ras the match went on and tried to hit the ball a little earlier. We have played each other many times. She has had a good few years and I am just excited to be in the quarters,” said Wozniacki.

Eugenie Bouchard was forced to withdraw from her third round match against Beinda Bencic due to an abdominal injury as the Canadian player was losing 4-6 0-3

“I kept trying and trying. It was hard for me to put a serve in just because it was hard to put a serve in, just because I felt that pain a little bit. I am going to play at Wimbledon even if I am on one leg.It wasn’t smart  to take a risk and be potentially out for a long time,” said Bouchard

Daria Gavrilova overcame Sara Errani 6-1 5-7 6-2 in two hours and 12 minutes. After Gavrilova swept aside Errani in the first set, Errani got an early break and raced to 5-2 in the second set but the Australian player of Russian origin reeled off three games and broke back to draw level to 5-5. Errani held her serve and won the final two games to take the second set with 7-5 but Gavrilova

Gavrilova made a breakthrough earlier this year when she beat Maria Sharapova in Miami  She beat Ana Ivanovic in Rome in the third set tie-break on her 8th match point

Bencic will face wildcard Johanna Konta from Great Britain who edged Garbine Muguruza 6-4 4-6 6-3 following up with her win over Ekaterina Makarova. Konta broke Muguruza in the second game of the opening set and pulled away to 5-2. Muguruza broke back to claw her way back to 4-5. Konta broke again to clinch the first set with 6-4.

Muguruza broke in the first game of the second set before saving four break points to take a 3-1 lead en route to winning the second set. Konta broke serve in the fourth game of the third set to pull away to 5-1. Muguruza won the next two games for 3-5 but Konta took the ninth game to seal the win.

Agniewska Radwanska, winner in Eastbourne in 2008, cruised past Karolina Pliskova with 6-2 6-1 in 56 minutes. Tsvetana Pironkova rallied from a set down to edge Dominika Cibulkova 6-7(4) 6-4 6-1 after a spectacular match. Pironkova went down a set and a break. At 5-3 in the second set Pironkova was broken back but she broke at the end of a very long game forcing the match to the third set. Pironkova cruised to 6-1 to clinch the win.

Sloane Stephens beat Heather Watson 6-2 6-3. Stephens went up a double break after the first two service games. The US player converted on her second match point to clinch the second set with 6-3.

Petra Kvitova was also forced to withdraw on Monday because of illness.

ATP 250 Nottingham: Bolelli sets up quarter final with Baghdatis

Italian Simone Bolelli rallied from a set down to edge Adrian Mannarino 3-6 6-4 6-4 at the ATP 250 in Nottingham scoring his third win this week after beating Go Soeda and Martin Klizan in the first two rounds.

Both players held serve in the first three games of the opening set. In the fourth game Bolelli converted his third break point opportunity to take a 3-1 lead. Mannarino fought back breaking serve three times to win five consecutive games en route to winning the first set with 6-3.

Bolelli held his serve to love in the opening game of the second set before earning two break points in the next game but Mannarino saved them with his serve and his forehand. Bolelli broke serve in the seventh game at deuce. He held his serve in his next two service games.

The decisive set went on serve until the fifth game when Bolelli got the break. He held his serve after a hard-fought game at 4-3. In the 10th game he closed out the third set with 6-4 holding his serve to 15

Bolelli will face Marcos Baghdatis for the third time in his career (the Italian leads 2-0 in his head-to-head matches against Baghdatis). The Cypriot beat Aleksander Zverev 6-3 6-3.

One day after a three-hour marathon match against Marcel Granollers in which he saved three match points, Giles Simon cruised to winning Joao Sousa 6-4 6-1 setting up a quarter final against Sam Querrey who battled past Pablo Cuevas after two tie-breaks with 7-6 (9-7) 7-6 (7-3).

Another match which was decided by two tie-breaks was won by Leo Mayer over Jiry Vesely with 7-6 (7-2) 7-6 (7-5)  Mayer will take on Denis Istomin who beat Sergiy Stakhovskiy 7-5 6-4.

Yen Hsun Lu beat number 3 seed Feliciano Lopez 6-3 6-2 setting up a quarter final against Aleksander Dolgopolov who defeated Dominic Thiem 6-3 6-3

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Casper Ruud beats Alexander Bublik to win his first indoor match in St. Petersburg



Norway’s Casper Ruud came back from one set down to beat Alexander Bublik 6-7 (3-7) 6-4 6-2 at the St. Petersburg Open to win his first win at an indoor ATP Tour tournament.


Bublik got the first break in the fifth game to take a 3-2 lead. Ruud broke staright back to draw level to 4-4. The first set went on serve until the tie-break which Bublik sealed 7-3 on his first set point. Ruud earned the only break in the third game to win the second set 6-3.

Ruud reeled off the final five games from 1-2 with two consecutive breaks in the fifth and seventh games to set up a second round match against Italy’s Salvatore Caruso, who rallied from one set down to beat his compatriot Thomas Fabbiano 2-6 6-3 6-3.

Mikhail Kukushkin came back from 2-4 down in the first set to beat 2017 St. Petersburg champion Damir Dzumhur 7-6 (7-2) 6-2 to secure his spot in the quarter finals.

Russian qualifier Egor Gerasimov cruised past Adrian Mannarino 6-3 6-1.

Marton Fucsovics came back from 1-5 down in the first set and fended off five set points to beat Alexey Vatutin 7-5 6-1 setting up a match against Borna Coric.

Joao Sousa cruised past Jozef Kovalik 6-2 6-3 6-2 6-3 without dropping a set to set up a second round match against second seed Karen Khachanov.



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Roger Federer On Davis Cup And Olympic Plans For 2020

The 38-year-old has provided some insight about his schedule for next year.



World No.3 Roger Federer has played down the chances of him playing in next year’s Davis Cup finals despite having representatives from Kosmos contact his team.


Federer is the only member of the Big Three to not be playing in this year’s team tournament, which has undergone a controversial revamp. For the first time in its 119-year history, the finals will take place over one week and feature 18 teams playing in a neutral location. The ties will feature two singles matches and one doubles in what will be a similar format to that of the football World Cup.

Efforts have been made to try and persuade the Swiss Maestro to play in the event. Gerard Pique, who is the founder of Kosmos, recently told Eurosport that attracting Federer to the event is one of his top priorities. Kosmos is the key financial backer of the Davis Cup revamp.

“Our main objective now is to see if he can play in 2020 if Switzerland qualify and he can join us and play Davis Cup.” Pique told Boris Becker on Eurosport.
“This would be great news, but right now as you can understand we are really focused on this event for this year because it will be the first time and want everything to be perfect.”

However, trying to get the Swiss player on board isn’t as easy as that. The 38-year-old once said the new structure has been made for ‘the future generation of players’ and not him. He has also warned against the Barcelona F.C player turning the event into the ‘Pique Cup.’ A term that bemused the Spaniard.

“It’s normal that he (Pique) has to say that. Regarding wildcards you can always talk like that. It is also normal for him to be questioned over and over again and to talk to my management from time to time.” Federer told the Swiss newspaper Tages-Anzeiger.
“But I do not necessarily plan on doing that, I do not necessarily have to play the Davis Cup. There are also no talks in progress, although in between it has been generally discussed.”

Since 1999, Federer has represented Switzerland in 27 Davis Cup ties. Although his last appearance was back in 2015. Along with Stan Wawrinka he helped guide his country to their first and only title in the tournament in 2014.

ATP Cup and Olympic duty

The new ITF-backed Davis Cup is facing rivalry from the ATP, who has brought back their team tournament for the first time since 2012. The ATP Cup is set to launch in January and will take place across three cities in Australia. The event has a prize money pool of $15 million and up to 750 ranking points up for grabs.

“I just hope that the Davis Cup Finals and then the ATP Cup will go well. Then you sit together and see how it goes on. Whether there should be these two cups forever, or whether there could be changes that would do the tennis good.” Said Federer.
“34 of the top 35 have confirmed for the ATP Cup, it also takes place on a good date. The Davis Cup should not be happy.” He added.

It also remains to be seen if Federer will play in the upcoming Tokyo Olympic Games. Under current rules a player is required to play a certain number of Davis Cup ties within an Olympic cycle, which he hasn’t. However, he can potentially enter via appeal or a wild card. Something he will likely get.

“I planned 2020 season till Wimbledon so far, I already brought The Olympics up in the Team, they said, it‘s your decision, it‘s your career, I also talked with Mirka about it, I have a feeling that I will make a decision very soon.“

Federer, who is a four-time Olympian, hasn’t played an event in Japan since winning the 2006 Tokyo Open. Although he could be persuaded to return to the country in the near future by his sponsor Uniqlo. A Japanese clothing manufacturer that signed a 10-year deal with Federer worth millions.

Federer at the Olympic Games
-Sydney 2000 – fourth place in the singles
-Athens 2004 – reach round two in both singles and doubles
-Beijing 2008 – win Olympic gold in the doubles with Stan Wawrinka. Lost in the quarter-finals of the singles tournament.
-London 2012 – clinches a silver medal in the singles.
-Rio 2016 – did not play

In the immediate future, Federer’s focus is on the Laver Cup, which he co-founded. The third edition of the event will take place this weekend in Geneva, Switzerland.

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Mikhail Kukushkin beat Italian Next Gen star Jannick Sinner in St. Petersburg



Mikhail Kukushkin beat 18-year-old Italian Next Gen rising star Jannick Sinner 6-3 7-6 (7-4) after 1 hour and 40 minutes. Kukushkin fended off nine of the eleven break points he faced.


Sinner, who turned 18 last month and received a wild-card to take part at the next November’s ATP Next Gen Finals in Milan, did not convert three break points in the first game, but Kukushkin saved them to hold his first game.

Kukushkin, who won his only title in St.Petersburg in 2010, was the first to break serve in the fourth game to open up a 4-1 lead. Sinner earned three break points but Kukushkin fended them off. Sinner saved a break point in the eighth game but Kukushkin served out the opening set on his first set point.

Kukushkin went up a break in the third game of the second set to take a 2-1 lead, Sinner converted his second break-back point to draw level to 2-2. Kukushkin got a break lead for the second time but Sinner rallied from the break down for the second time to draw level to 4-4. Sinner earned set point at 5-4 to force a decider, but Kukushkin saved it to draw level to 5-5. Kukushkin got a mini-break in the tie-break to win the tie-break 7-4.

Adrian Mannarino, who won his first ATP Tour title in s’Hertogenbosch, beat Stefano Travaglia 7-5 6-2 after 1 hour and 19 minutes. Travaglia held his first two service games at love and broke serve to open up a 4-1 lead. Mannarino converted his first break-back point for 3-4. Both players held their serve to draw level to 5-5. Travaglia saved a break point, but he made two double faults to drop his serve in the 11th game for 5-6. Mannarino served out the first set on his first point.

Travaglia saved a break point at the start of the second set, but Mannarino converted his second chance.

Travaglia earned two break-back points in the second game but did Mannarino saved them to open up a 2-0 lead. Mannarino went up a 3-0 lead. The Frenchman saved a break point in the sixth game to race out to a 5-1 lead and sealed the win on his first match point.


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